Nearly 100 Head To Des Moines To Support Juvenile Home

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Nearly 100 supporters of the Iowa Juvenile Home are in Des Moines this afternoon to urge lawmakers to find a way to reopen the facility.

Supporters of the facility include former residents, employees and resident of Toledo, where the home was based.

Supporters talked with lawmakers outside of the Senate and House chambers at the Statehouse. They also have a series of meetings set up.

The home closed suddenly last month. An investigation revealed problems with the home, including girls staying in seclusion rooms for days or weeks at a time. The residents are now in new homes but the facility's 93 employees are without a job. Democratic lawmakers have criticized the closure, saying it could mean kids are moved far from their families.

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